International Women’s Coffee Alliance, “Gender Balance in the Changing World of Coffee”
Sacramento, California May 9, 2017
Every year the day puts the spotlight on issues related to gender equality and empowerment, and this year’s IWCA Convention’s theme is particularly relevant to technical and vocational education and training; equal access for all to quality education, skills acquisition, and technical training are essential to promoting women’s participation in the Coffee supply chain. market. IWCA’s Convention is bringing together international leaders, industry experts, to one place for 3 days to discuss the significant implications for women in the changing world of coffee, August 3-5, 2017 in Puebla, Mexico.
The August 2017 Convention includes the inaugural IWCA Leadership Summit. Held the day before the full convention, the Leadership Summit will bring together leaders from each IWCA chapter to hone their leadership, business, and community-building skills, and identify strategies to continually improve chapters, the global organization, and the broader industry.
Building on the success of the 2015 IWCA Convention in Colombia, the Mexico Convention will also feature the World Coffee Events (WCE) Female ALL Stars program.  Through competition and camaraderie, participants in the All Stars program take their barista skills to the next level.
It is the event of the Year for Women Economic Empowerment and Gender Equity in the Coffee Sector.
About IWCA
The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a global network of self-governing, independent chapters, with a business model of success through localization.  Our mission is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. From Congo to Costa Rica, Brazil to Burundi, our network empowers and connects not only producing and consuming countries but nearly every role in the coffee value chain. IWCA provides the platform to achieve the economic and sustainable development that transforms individuals, families, and communities and can support coffee becoming the first sustainable agricultural product in the world.

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